TTAG reader AM writes:
CNN reports that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie [above] has pardoned a Unite States Marine for gun possession. “Sgt. Joshua Velez, a Massachusetts resident who works as recruiter in New England — including in the first-in-the-nation primary state — was arrested over Labor Day weekend after a traffic stop in the Garden State turned up an unloaded handgun in his vehicle’s glove compartment.” I guess this is supposed to make me believe that this makes him (Christie) a viable candidate for president. Yes, well . . .
This Marine had an unloaded Ruger 9mm handgun in the glove compartment (locked) of his car (why the hell was it unloaded?). Sgt. Velez was also in possession of those deadly “hollow point bullets” while driving to visit relatives in NJ. He faced five to 10 years in jail, with a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of 42 months.
Sgt. Velez has or had a license to carry in Massachusetts (I hope he is still able to) and informed the police of the gun and license – not realizing that there is no reciprocity in NJ for carrying. So at a simple traffic stop (failure to signal at a turn) that would have normally only resulted in at most a ticket, Sgt. Velez is now in possession of not his weapon but a criminal record.
Why isn’t Christie screaming about repealing these laws that abuse the rights of New Jersey residents and visitors to his state? This would lend more credence to his supposedly change of heart regarding the support given by him for banning “assault weapons.” But this would mean he actually supports gun rights, which I don’t think he does.
Christie has, on the campaign trail, vowed to pardon out-of-state residents caught up in the hell of a NJ weapons violation charge. It’s a clear political ploy to either get the support of gun supporters or at least ease their vitriol aimed at him with no mention of the rights of his own constituents.